ABOUT WAFA'
Wafa' Tarnowska
   
Wafa’ Tarnowska was born in Beirut, Lebanon and is the oldest of three children. At the age of 19, she left her war-torn country with 60 dollars in her pocket to study at the University of Melbourne.  At first, she shared a room with her grandmother in her uncle's house in Melbourne. By the time she graduated she had a job as a radio broadcaster with the Australian Special Broadcasting Service.

With her BA in Political Sciences she returned to Lebanon to work for the YWCA of Lebanon. She also worked as a translator and journalist covering the war. This is where she met her husband Andrew who worked as a foreign correspondent. They both lived and worked in India, Poland, Cyprus, Lebanon, the UAE and now the UK. 

When her children were born, Wafa' became a French, Arabic and English Language teacher and when her children asked her if there were any myths originating from her country Lebanon, she wrote her first book: "Dances with the Gods" and dedicated it to them.

Wafa' has a Masters Degree in Sociology from the American University of Beirut and has also worked as a head-hunter and a corporate responsibility manager in Dubai and in the UK​.
   

She has participated in many literary festivals around the world such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Emirates Festival of Literature, the Sharjah Book Fair and the Abu Dhabi Book Fair in the UAE. In 2011, she was one of the judges for the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature. She has also given story readings for Asia House in various London libraries and participated in the Art of Islam Festival in Glastonbury in 2015.​​

In 2014 and 2015, Wafa' translated four plays from Arabic to English for the Royal Court Theatre in London as well as her first subtitles for TV documentaries. 

Wafa' is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Polish and is learning Italian. She has translated numerous children’s books from English to Arabic for dual-language publishers Mantra Lingua, has written many articles in French on Art and Culture and has started to write poetry.

She currently lives in a 100 year old house in Herts and spends her holidays either in the Polish countryside or travelling to weird and wonderful places.